The 90th anniversary of the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer, towering over Rio de Janeiro, was celebrated in Brazil.
The religious ceremony, originally planned at the foot of the monument restored on the occasion of the anniversary, took place in the metropolitan cathedral due to bad weather.
Before the outbreak of the Aids-19 pandemic, the 38-meter art deco sculpture, located on top of Corcovado hill, was viewed by almost two million visitors annually. Access was closed from March to August 2020. Currently, the examination is available upon presentation of a vaccination certificate.
In 1921, the Catholic Church of Brazil held a competition for the construction of a religious monument on the occasion of the centenary of the country's independence.
The author of the sculpture is the winner of the competition - Brazilian engineer Haitor da Silva Costa, who devoted ten years to the project. The famous Parisian sculptor Paul Landowski was directly engaged in the manufacture of the main parts of the monument, the head and arms of the statue.
The monument was opened on October 12, 1931, and in 2007 it became one of the wonders of the modern world.